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WorkinCT: Legacy Theater in Branford

Everything looks new at Legacy Theater, but they’ve remembered the classics.

BRANFORD, Conn. — You’d never know that the streets of Stony Creek were a central point for theater in New England, but it's about to happen again. 

The legacy of Legacy Theater is about to continue.

“This building in 1903 was erected as a silent picture movie house, one of a few in New England – it was called the Idle Hour Picture House. They had a piano player with black and white movies – and people would come," explained owner and director Keely Knudsen.

Now, the curtain rises on a technological masterpiece.

“We have one of the most technologically small theaters in the U.S. – rigged lighting, motorized rigging, excellent sound, fixed seats – our legacy is to make it breathtaking," said Knudsen.

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Everything looks new at Legacy Theater, but they’ve remembered the classics. There’s a lot of history in the theater,  including a few people who spent a lot of time not just in Branford, but in the building. 

Iconic figures like Orson Welles and Joseph Cotton played at Legacy Theater – he had a theater group called the Mercury Players.

Welles’ photo sits outside in the windows along with historical photos of the theater. 

New shows are the thing though. “Just Desserts”, a musical comedy about a  bakeoff, made its world premiere at Legacy Theater.

The theater opened up last month and will be home to shows, and classes. But for Knudsen, Legacy Theater is home to dreams coming true

“People have used the phrase ‘beyond your wildest dreams,' but now I believe it."

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